How to stay ahead in the giving game



It is a problem. What do you give the man who has everything, who runs the state of California, has held the moniker of Mr Universe, and has the (possibly fictional) ability to travel through time? Well, the Russian Federation of Body Builders spent many months discussing how best to mark its admiration for perhaps the most famous body-builder ever, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California. After much deliberation, they commissioned a new bronze sculpture as a gift for the star of the Terminator films.

But this wasn't any old sculpture. It wasn't even an artistic interpretation of Arnie in his halcyon days as a scantily-clad muscle man. No. The federation decided a bust of the Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin would be the perfect present. Can't wait for Schwarzenegger to smile politely and say, "Why, it's just what I've always wanted." But then, gifts to dignitaries and heads of state are something of a minefield - something Barack Obama is finding to his cost. Earlier this year, when Gordon Brown, the British prime minister, visited the White House, he carried with him a pen-holder carved from the oak timber of HMS Gannet, a vessel that conducted many anti-slavery missions off Africa in the 19th century.

He also wrapped up a framed commissioning paper of HMS Resolute, which came to symbolise Anglo-American goodwill when it was rescued by the US from icebergs. Thoughtful gifts, certainly. And what did Brown get? A box set of classic American DVDs - which, thanks to regional restrictions, didn't work in British players. It was so last-minute it hurt - you can almost hear the conversation over the White House breakfast table.

One wonders whether the Obamas ordered the Queen's present from Amazon at the same time to save on postage. Famously, the resources and minds of the most powerful couple in the world extended to buying her an iPod when they met in April. Admittedly they had made some effort: it was loaded with video footage of her visit to the States in 2007, and had many of her favourite songs from Broadway shows on it. But still: can you really imagine HM Queen Elizabeth II sitting down to sync her iPod to her MacBook before taking it out on a musical stroll with the Corgis? Although we would love to know if the Obamas had cheekily put some Queen - the band - on there-

We know a great deal about American presidents' gifts simply because legally, gifts worth more than $305 (Dh1,120) must be reported. They then remain the property of the government and end up being displayed in museums such as the Smithsonian - so Obama won't be keeping that ceremonial pen-holder to put on his own retirement mantelpiece. Which is why outwardly slightly weird gifts - both the Belgian and Danish prime ministers gave George W Bush embossed cycling clothing - actually make perfect sense. British politicians also have to declare gifts over a certain value, but may be allowed to keep them or buy them back from the state.

Of course, such gift-giving is as old as statehood itself. Kings and queens have brought bounty to each other's courts to show off not how generous they are, but how wealthy and therefore powerful they might be. In 1520, a meeting between Henry VIII of England and Francis I of France was laden with so much kingly bling, the site was swiftly dubbed the "Field of the Cloth of Gold" as they spent three lavish weeks trying to bond before falling out over a wrestling match. That 16th-century scene is repeated again and again as politicians and rulers try to curry favour and increase their influence with a simple - or not so simple - gift.

What's key is that it's never "just" a gift. So one wonders what the Russian Federation of Body Builders is really trying to say with its commissioning of a Putin bust. That well-built men make very good leaders? In which case, maybe this is a subtle hint, from one body-builder to another that one day, men of many muscles will rule the world.

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Heavily-sugared soft drinks slip through the tax net

Some popular drinks with high levels of sugar and caffeine have slipped through the fizz drink tax loophole, as they are not carbonated or classed as an energy drink.

Arizona Iced Tea with lemon is one of those beverages, with one 240 millilitre serving offering up 23 grams of sugar - about six teaspoons.

A 680ml can of Arizona Iced Tea costs just Dh6.

Most sports drinks sold in supermarkets were found to contain, on average, five teaspoons of sugar in a 500ml bottle.

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.

 

2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.

 

3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 

 

4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.

 

5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

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Results

Male 51kg Round 1

Dias Karmanov (KAZ) beat Mabrook Rasea (YEM) by points 2-1.

Male 54kg Round 1

Yelaman Sayassatov (KAZ) beat Chen Huang (TPE) TKO Round 1; Huynh Hoang Phi (VIE) beat Fahad Anakkayi (IND) RSC Round 2; ​​​​​​​Qais Al Jamal (JOR) beat Man Long Ng (MAC) by points 3-0; ​​​​​​​Ayad Albadr (IRQ) beat Yashar Yazdani (IRI) by points 2-1.

Male 57kg Round 1

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Men 86kg Round 1

Ahmad Bahman (UAE) beat Mohammad Al Khatib (PAL) by points 2-1

​​​​​​​Men 63.5kg Round 1

Noureddin Samir (UAE) beat Polash Chakma (BAN) RSC Round 1.

Female 45kg quarter finals

Narges Mohammadpour (IRI) beat Yuen Wai Chan (HKG) by points.

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Female 57kg quarter finals

Nguyen Thi Nguyet (VIE) beat Anisha Shetty (IND) by points 2-1; Areeya Sahot (THA) beat Dana Al Mayyal (KUW) RSC Round 1; Sara Idriss (LBN) beat Ching Yee Tsang (HKG) by points 3-0.